Children’s charity ChildLine has launched a new campaign to attract volunteers and boost support for its schools service across Angus.
The pioneering service aims, by 2016, to be in a position to visit every Scottish primary school once every two years to talk to children about abuse, how to protect themselves and where to find help if they need it.
To be able to do this, ChildLine needs to recruit 200 volunteers to reach over 118,000 children, aged between nine and 11, across Scotland’s 2,154 primary schools and to continue that programme for every generation year on year.
Its New Year’s Resolution campaign is asking people to offer their time to support children and young people in their local communities.
School Service volunteers will spend up to half a day per week helping to support the ambitious new programme which aims to equip children in every community in Scotland with the knowledge they need to act with confidence if they fear abuse.
It uses a series of age-appropriate assemblies and interactive workshops to help children recognise situations where they may need help and show them ways of accessing support.
New volunteers will receive expert ChildLine training and continuing support to help them gain valuable skills in communicating with children.
Recent figures released by the charity have also shown that volunteering can be beneficial, with 77.2 per cent of volunteers reporting an increase in confidence in their abilities and 64.9 per cent saying they’ve had an increase in their own sense of self esteem.
Kate O’Brien, area co-ordinator for the Schools Service in Angus, said: “We’ve known that volunteering can be extremely rewarding, with many of our volunteers feeling a great sense of satisfaction that they’re making a difference to young people’s lives.
“These findings help show that as well as giving something back, our volunteers get something from the experience and we’re hoping we can encourage more to sign up with us. By volunteering you could help children understand what abuse is, giving them the confidence to talk about it, the knowledge to prevent it and the courage to find help if they ever need it.”
For further information and details on how to apply, please go to www.nspcc.org.uk/childlineschoolsservice